Outlander star Caitriona Balfe is hoping the Time’s Up movement will incite change in Hollywood and beyond.
The 38-year-old actress spoke to ET’s Carly Steel on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday about the importance of the initiative amid sexual misconduct and harassment scandals permeating throughout the industry.
“So often, this community is not known for its community spirit, but it’s incredible that we’re all standing in solidarity with the victims of sexual abuse,” Balfe said. “This is a moment of change, it’s a moment of looking at our industry and standing up and saying time’s up on this and I’m grateful that I’m here and that I get to be a part of this.”
Though Balfe lost out on a Golden Globe to The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss, she revealed how she became part of the Time’s Up initiative.
“Eva Longoria called me and she was so sweet. She was like, ‘I know you’re in Europe and I don’t know if you’ve heard, this is what we’re planning on doing.’ She’s just amazing and it’s incredible how organized they were,” she said. “They got everyone else on board and I was very grateful obviously to her for that notice. But I think it’s incredible that there’s an active plan and that the legal defense fund is really going to affect people’s lives in such an incredibly positive way.”
Balfe also spoke adoringly about her co-star Sam Heughan’s constant support.
“He’s the sweetest. I’m so lucky,” she said. “I have an incredible job that I love, but I get to go to work with one of my best friends. We are just so grateful and we have the best fans and so many of them are here and they’re so loud and fantastic.”